7 Day Happenings: 12/17 – 12/23

Welcome to your 7 day Momecast™ of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! Still in need of some holiday shopping – many drop off opportunities are listed below – some even during the day! Take some time to get into the holiday spirit – see a show, shop local, or enjoy a night out!

Thursday, December 17:

4 – 8pm: Wax with Jax Hollywood is coming to Connecticut! European Wax Center in Simsbury is offering a few lucky fans a once in a lifetime chance to meet American Idol favorite, Jax, at this exclusive event. The third place runner up on the fourteenth season of the hit singing competition will greet her fans at the salon. To get your exclusive WAX with JAX meet and greet entry pass, simply text JAXwax to 90407. Space is limited to 40 guests. European Wax, Simsbury.

6 – 9pm: An Evening for SWSA! Join us in the Dining Room for a Pot Pie Dinner, with a performance by The HousaTonics, to benefit SWSA! $25 includes pot pie with mashed potatoes and dessert (alcohol not included). Dinner is served at 6 o’clock and all dinner proceeds will benefit the Salisbury Winter Sports Association. Please call for reservations or for more information.

7pm: “Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee” American novelist E.L. Doctorow once observed that literature “endows places with meaning.” Yet, as this wide-ranging new book vividly illustrates, understanding the places that shaped American writers’ lives and their art can provide deep insight into what makes their literature truly meaningful. Published on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act, Writing America is a unique, passionate, and eclectic series of meditations on literature and history, covering over 150 important National Register historic sites, all pivotal to the stories that make up America, from chapels to battlefields; from plantations to immigration stations; and from theaters to internment camps. The book considers not only the traditional sites for literary tourism, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Connecticut home and the peaceful woods surrounding Walden Pond, but also locations that highlight the diversity of American literature, from the New York tenements that spawned Abraham Cahan’s fiction to the Texas pump house that irrigated the fields in which the farm workers central to Gloria Anzaldúa’s poetry picked produce. Rather than just providing a cursory overview of these authors’ achievements, acclaimed literary scholar and cultural historian Shelley Fisher Fishkin offers a deep and personal reflection on how key sites bore witness to the struggles of American writers and inspired their dreams. This is a free event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Mark Twain Museum Center, Hartford.

Thursday, December 17 – Wednesday, December 23:

Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays You’ll feel like an invited guest when you tour the country house, decorated for the holidays. Immerse yourself in the Pope family’s holiday celebrations.  View objects from family archives as well as decorations inspired by early 20th century traditions. Runs through Sunday, January 31.

11am – 8pm: Winterfest Hartford Free ice skating and skate rentals return to Bushnell Park. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10am. Children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Winterfest wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa, so head over to the Carousel and have your photo taken with him for free. Each family receives 1 free 5×7 photo; additional prints may be purchased online. Santa will be in his new workshop at the Carousel for photos on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3 through December 20. Runs through Sunday, January 24.

Thursday – Friday at 12:30pm, Saturday at 12pm and 2:30pm, Sunday at 1pm and 2:30pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 12:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. Runs through Friday, January 1.

Weekdays from 3 – 6pm and weekends from 1-5pm: 31st Annual Santa’s Workshop A free event sponsored by Wickham Park. Children of all ages enjoy visits with Santa and his elves and refreshments with Mrs. Claus. Santa’s Workshop provides a chance for children to enjoy an un-commercialized Christmas experience. Guests are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to area food pantries.

{Last Call} Monday – Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Westfarms to Celebrate the Holidays with Beloved ‘Peanuts Gang’ To celebrate the launch of The Peanuts Movie, in theaters everywhere, a special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Westfarms. Developed in partnership with 20th Century Fox, the iconic Peanuts characters will take center stage within its unique, interactive Ice Palace. The indoor holiday display will feature a 30-foot dome complete with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. In addition, kids can watch special scenes from the new movie, create and compare their icy handprint alongside Snoopy and Woodstock, have their photo taken with a life-size graphic of Snoopy and his dog house and much more. Westfarms will also offer the opportunity for families to visit with Santa Claus as part of the Ice Palace experience. Those who visit Santa will receive a complimentary gift. Westfarms Center Court, West Hartford.

{Last Call} Monday – Friday from 3 – 6pm and Saturday – Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Santa Claus Comes to Stew’s! Santa will make regular appearances at the store. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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{Last Call} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30pm: Christmas on the Rocks It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – now all grown up! Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and a host of others pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody.

Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 20:

Thursday – Friday from 6 – 7:30pm and Saturday – Sunday from 12 – 4pm: 30th Annual Santa Land Village Santa will be on hand daily for photographs. Children are encouraged to grab a free candy cane, work on a christmas craft in the Elf Workshop, and view the incredible display! Special activities include: carolers on (Thursday at 6:30pm), Art Truck-Edible Snow people activity (Friday at 6:30pm)Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides around the park (Sat & Sun from 1-4pm), Hot Chocolate (Sat & Sun), Holiday Photo Booth (Sat & Sun) and Live Petting Zoo (Sat & Sun). Rockwell Park, Bristol.

4pm – Midnight: 44th Annual Hartford Festival of Light Hartford Festival of Light has become a not-to-be-missed event for the thousands who turn out on Constitution Plaza each year to sing carols, enjoy musical entertainment and witness the spectacle that is the illumination of more than a quarter of a million tiny white lights. Runs through Wednesday, January 6.

Sunday – Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm: Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season’s destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays.  Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Come visit Santa Saturday and Sundays in the park Clubhouse from 5pm – 8pm. Admission $15 per car. Click here for a $3 off coupon. Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, December. Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Runs through Friday, January 1.

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pmPassing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Sunday matinée features a talkback with the cast after the show. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

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Thursday at 6:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1pm and 5pm and Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm: 14th Annual Production of “The Nutcracker” This year’s Nutcracker story begins in a workshop with Clara’s Godfather, Colonel Drosselmeyer who is putting the finishing touches on a very special gift. This enchanting production takes Clara and her friends on an enchanting voyage through The Land of Sweets, with magical mice, marching toy soldiers, magnificent swirling snow flakes, waltzing flowers, and childhood dreams. This delightful story is a classic ballet for the entire family. In the event of a cancellation due to inclement weather, a snow date performance will be held on Monday, December 21,2015 at 6:00 pm. Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford.

Friday, December 18:

9:30 – 10:15am: Free Music Together Demo Class Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Looking for something fun to do with your little one this Friday morning? Come for a free Music Together demo class and meet our new teacher Briana! Whether you are brand new or returning to the Music Together program, we welcome you to discover the joy of family music-making with your children in this mixed-age parent/child class setting. All participants enter a raffle for $25 off the Winter Session tuition, and all participants will receive a free Music Together sample CD. Space is limited, please RSVP. Congregation Beth Israel (Feldman Hall on the main level), West Hartford.

10 – 11am: Meet the Old Cranks Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors (on our clocks, I mean)? Come watch the American Clock & Watch Museum’s official clock winders in action as they travel through the museum winding over 70 of our historic artifacts for public enjoyment throughout the week. Included with the price of admission. American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol.

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3 – 5pm: Parent Afternoon Out Come in your pj’s for yoga, hot cocoa and cookie decorating.  This special afternoon Parent Night Out is for our younger friends to enjoy! Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

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4:30 – 5:30pm: Skate with Santa Each child will receive a special gift from Santa! Regular admission rates and skate rental fees apply. Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, West Hartford.

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5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up! Non-Members pay $40 1st child, half off siblings! My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Stew’s Famous Holiday Cookie Workshop It’s that time of year again! Each child will get to bake and decorate three kids of cookie dough to take home. From spiral sugar cookies to traditional snickerdoodles, this popular class is one you don’t want to miss! Ages 6-12. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7 – 8:30pm: Harmony on the Sound Performance at Lake Compounce We are pleased to be returning to Lake Compounce to perform at their Holiday Lights Festival! We will do two half hour performances, at 7pm and 8pm. Come on out, have your picture taken with Santa, ride some rides and listen to some holiday harmonies!

Friday, December 18 – Saturday, December 19:

Friday – Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30am and Friday from 11:30am – 12:30pm: Stew’s Famous Holiday Cookie Toddler Workshop It’s that time of year again! Each child will get to bake and decorate three kids of cookie dough to take home. From spiral sugar cookies to traditional snickerdoodles, this popular class is one you don’t want to miss! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Ages 2-5. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm: The Nutcracker Holiday classics of the Nutcracker performed by School of Hartford City Ballet Students. Tickets $25, Sudents $15. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

{Last Call} 8pm: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) What do you get when you take Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, mix in “The Gift of the Magic,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “It’s A Wonderful Life,” then add a touch of “A Christmas Carol, “The Nutcracker” and a few other Beloved Holiday Classics? A Holiday recipe for a fast, fond, and furious look at the yuletide traditions we all remember, some we never knew, and a few we’d like to forget. Chock full of outrageous folly holiday hilarity, nothing is spared in this rollicking tour de farce. It’s a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite holiday memories, as three actors cram an entire season’s worth of stories, carols and television specials into non-stop laughs. Ticket price $30. The theatre’s motto is “bring your own”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Friday, December 18  – Sunday, December 20:

Friday and Saturday from 5 – 8pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Three Centuries of Christmas The 2015 season kicks off with the lively Webb-Deane-Stevens Holiday Preview Party on Friday, December 11, from 5 to 8pm. Guests will delight in a candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum, stroll from house to house enjoying delicious food, wine, ale, and live holiday music, and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and guides in period dress. Admission is $30 at the door. Evening-candlelight tours of the three elegantly appointed, historic houses—featuring guides in period dress sharing the fascinating history of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $12 adult, $6 children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children). Runs through Saturday, January 23.

{Last Call} Friday from 5 – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 4 – 9pm: Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce The park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Adults $11.99 per person (online, $15.99 at the gate, children (4-10) $11.99 each and children 3 and under are free. Click here to purchase your tickets.

5 – 9pm: WinterFest The Connecticut Trolley Museum once again pushes the limits to treat you and yours to an evening of entertainment and seasonal exhilaration! Ride the antique traction through the “Tunnel of Lights” tripping on our open electrical chariot (The Montréaler) or another open car – 3 miles of cool breezes under the starlit heavens. Or cozy down in an enclosed trolley for the warmer, dashing through the snow, rail trip. Stroll through the Teresalee Bertinuson Visitor Center where the functioning and enchanting model train layouts will take your mind on a flight of fancy. The “halls are decked” with the proverbial “boughs of holly” and there are enough decorations to satisfy any souls need for visual Holiday splendor. The youngsters can sit on Santa’s lap and receive a gift. The best part is the cost. You can do and see so much for so little and all while your dollars go right back into trolley-restoration and Museum upkeep that will keep us moving forward. Runs through Wednesday, December 30.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Christmas Schooner Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. A bi-annual tradition at Connecticut Theatre Company, we are proud to present the show for a third time. This beautiful critically acclaimed musical fills the heart with holiday spirit and delights both young and old. The Repertory Theatre, New Britain.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: White Christmas the Musical Based on the beloved classic film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen wonderful Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. The Repertory Theatre, Berlin.

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{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Nutcracker The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents its annual holiday production Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and this year’s production promises magical storytelling and vivid dancing with a newly choreographed second act. Ticket prices: $30 for adults, $20 for students, $15 children 12 and under. 

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Thursday – Wednesday at 7:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 18th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. Running time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes with one intermission. Recommended ages: 8 and up. Ticket Prices: $25-85. Runs through Sunday, December 27.

Saturday, December 19:

9:30 – 11am: A Holiday with the Animals Northwest Park is home to many animals, so come out and help us celebrate for the holidays by making tasty cookies, fun treats and edible wreaths for our animals to enjoy! We will also learn their natural history, decorate their barn and appreciate how important they are to us. $5 per non-resident. Northwest Park, Windsor.

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11am and 1pm: The Third Annual Great Gingerbread Engineering Challenge Gather your family and put your engineering (and candy) skills to the test. Every family is a winner! Pre-registration is required. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford. 

1 – 2pm: Tree Tours Join us for a festive tour of the mini trees on display and the holiday décor with a member of the Museum staff. After your tour take in the Victorian splendor of the Moser Library while enjoying holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Tours will meet in the lobby. Guided by the Holiday Decorators. Note: Tours subject to volunteer docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Reoccurs on 12/26. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

3pm and 7:30pm: Holiday Cirque Spectacular Hartford’s holiday concert classic just keeps getting more “Cirque-tacular!” Bring the entire family to enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck. Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza! Mortensen Hall, Hartford.

4pm: Noël! Noël! Founded in 1982 under the patronage of the Trinity College Chapel, CitySingers of Hartford was started by a few friends who enjoyed singing together. Since then, the ensemble has established a musical presence in Central Connecticut of inspiring programs that celebrate our common music heritage. These concerts often combine traditional and classical music for choral ensemble with other performing arts idioms. From the festive sounds of the holiday season to hauntingly beautiful Celtic melodies that touch the soul, to a celebration of the arts as a vehicle for world peace, this season’s programs will present a rare and varied musical experience. First Church of Christ, West Hartford.

5:30 – 9:30pm: Holiday Kids’ Night Looking for something t do with the kids while you get ready for the holidays? Drop them off at Hungerford Park for an evening of fun, crafts, games, movies and science activities. Pizza will be served at 6pm. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

6 – 9pm: Solstice Kirtan Join us for our special annual Winter Solstice kirtan where we close out the year and prepare for the next with an ancient fire ceremony called a homa hotra. In preparation, participants are invited to create a Shiv Resolve, an intention whereby you list out on separate sheets what you need to let go of from the past and what you wish to bring in for your future. We will release Resolves into the fire as part of the ceremony. Those unable to attend may drop them off at labeled boxes at the studio. $15 Suggested donation. West Hartford Yoga, West Hartford.

Saturday, December 19  – Sunday, December 20:

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{Last Call} 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am: Breakfast with Santa Breakfast Includes: a hearty breakfast with pancakes, home fries, sausage and farm fresh eggs, a memorable visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Frosty and the Grinch, a toy from Santa, a relaxing time on a Christmas Trolley ride out to reindeer land and a free visit to the petting zoo. We will be offering a “No Grinch” seating on 12/19 at 8:30am. Ticket Prices: $25 per person.

2pm: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Little Theatre of Manchester and Herstory Theater are turning Manchester into Bedford Falls this year with the beloved holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life in the style of a live 1940s radio broadcast, featuring a Foley Artist doing live sound effects. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry brings George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter to the stage to relive the story of a man who gets to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. When the film It’s A Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not an immediate popular or financial success. However, its reputation grew over the years, and a clerical error resulting in the loss of its copyright protection resulted in it being shown widely during the Christmas season every year. It has become a phenomenon, and many don’t feel that their holiday season is complete without watching it. Ticket prices are $10 for General Section and $15 for VIP section; all seats are first come, first served. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

{Last Call} Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Saturday at 7pm: The Nutcracker Ballet As interpreted and performed by Connecticut Concert Ballet. Adults $25, children $15. Manchester High School, Manchester.

Sunday, December 20:

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2 – 3:30pm: Almost Winter Solstice Join us for some fun at the Nature Center on one of the shortest day of the year. Take a guided hike in Werner’s Woods at 2:30pm. Make a variety of winter-related crafts, or watch a slide show on the beauty of winter. Hot chocolate provided after the hike. Program, hike and crafts included with admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

4pm: Organ Jubilee Located on Woodland Street in Hartford since 1899, the Austin Organ Company is one of the oldest organ companies in the country. In 1934, the company’s renowned tonal designer, James B. Jamison, crafted a unique organ to match the acoustics of the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel on Farmington Avenue. The organ incorporates an unenclosed set of pipes that produce a broader, classical sound, as well as a specially designed stop that reproduces the sound of the shofar. This unique instrument has been designated an historic organ by the Organ Historical Society of America, and the Congregation has worked to almost completely restore the organ to its original condition. The 80th anniversary of this remarkable instrument will be celebrated in a free public concert, featuring organist Natasha Ulyanovsky, who will be joined by trumpet soloists Steve Owens and Gino Villarreal, as well as the choir of Congregation Beth Israel.  Natasha, Music Director of the Congregation and Music Ministor of St. Brigid Church in West Hartford, is an accomplished organist, pianist and conductor, who has performed extensively in Russia, Hungary, Italy and various locations in New England. She remains in high demand with local singers and instrumentalists. The public is warmly welcome to attend the concert, in celebration of one of the most notable historic organs in the country. Works to be performed include: Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, by J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Trumpets and Organ in B flat, by A. Vivaldi Piece Heroique, by C. Franck In Paradisum, by T. Dubois Polovtsian Dances from “ Prince Igor”, by A. Borodin. Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford. 

Monday, December 21:

7pm: Speaking Love to Hate: A Community Gathering for Peace The evening will feature brief readings of inspirational text from local faith and community leaders as well as a candlelight vigil. Regardless of what brings you to the event – concern about gun violence, terrorism, gender injustice, Islamophobia, transphobia, the refugee crisis, racism – “Speaking Love to Hate” will offer a safe, reflective space to consider our connectedness and engage in community. Participants will also be invited to take part in a community art project that will grace the exterior of Charter Oak Cultural Center throughout the holiday season. You will also be able to add your support to two ongoing media projects – one focused on gender injustice and one focused on the refugee crisis. It is a free community event. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

7:30pm: Winter Solstice Celebration Welcome in the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year with songs, dance, stories, music and a huge bonfire. Join us at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street, to learn about the traditions used to celebrate this special event. Attendees are invited to share a story, poem, reading or song. This event will be conducted indoors and outdoors, and a light snack will be provided. Admission is $8 for Connecticut Audubon members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are strongly suggested, since seating is limited. CT Audubon, Glastonbury.

Tuesday, December 22:

1:30 – 3pm: Afternoon Drop off Cookies for Santa Ages 3 – 6.  Drop off only. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

2 – 4pm: Discover Your Roots Discover the stories of your unique history with a family tree activity! Kids and adults will work together to make a family tree of the people and stories that make up their family. Included with admission. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

6:15pm – 7:45pm: Family Cookies For Santa All Ages! Caregiver participation required. $30 per family. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton. 

Wednesday, December 23:

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Cookies for Santa Dads and Nannies are welcome. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton. 

2 – 4pm: Scrapbook Day Share the best stories of 2015 with a scrapbook! We’ll provide the scrapbooking supplies, and we invite kids and families to bring their creativity and memorable photos and create a scrapbook of your favorite family moments. Included with admission. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

4:30 pm – 5:45pm: School Age Drop off Cookies for Santa Ages 4-10. Drop off only. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton. 

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy – but these are some awesome things to do too.

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